Q&A

Want to learn about the Fox Valley Hawks? Please read the Q&A below:

What is the Fox Valley Hawks Hockey Club?

The Fox Valley Hawks Hockey Club (FV Hawks or the Club) is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 under Illinois’ governing hockey body, AHAI. The Club plays in the Illinois High School Hockey League (IHSHL). The Club is defined as a “combined” high school club and plays in a league designated for high school teams only under AHAI’s high school division. Eligible players for the club must attend one of 5 high schools: Geneva, St. Charles East or North, Batavia, or Kaneland. The club receives no financial support from the schools; the high school categorization is carried because the club plays in a league against other high school teams in Illinois and is also eligible for the High School All Star game and State Tournament. The FV Hawks traditionally have a fall season (Sept – Feb), a spring season (mid-March through May) and a sometimes summer skates are offered as well.

Who runs the FV Hawks?

The FV Hawks has a volunteer Board of Members, consisting mostly of parents of players. The Board attempts to attract a member representing a player from each of the schools in the Club. The Board works to ensure it has enough experience and representation to lead the Club to manage the finances and budgets, hire and manage coaches, secure ice agreements, and perform many other duties needed for a successful program.

Who is eligible?

Your player must attend one of the following 5 schools: Geneva, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Batavia, or Kaneland. Players must be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior years to attend evaluations. Current year 8th graders can play spring season but current year seniors are not eligible for spring season. The player must have active USA Hockey registration, proper playing and protective gear, and be able to pay the necessary fees for evaluation and the season.

How many teams are there?

The FV Hawks strives to a minimum of 2 teams at all times: a Varsity and a Junior Varsity (JV). The FV Hawks had a Varsity and JV team during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 fall seasons. Varsity team plus 2 JV teams for the spring 2016-2017 season.

Where do the FV Hawks teams practice and play?

The FV Hawks have traditionally played out of Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva for both practices and games, but we have also used Carol Stream Ice Rink for some practices and games. Ice demands for rinks change often and we are not in a position to always control when or where we play. Recent years have seen ice demand increase as other clubs and local colleges desire more ice time. We are constantly working to find the best ice situation possible for practices and games.

Do you have try-outs, and do you cut players?

We do have try-outs, but we call them “evaluations”. The reason we call them evaluations is that we are a no-cut program, provided the player attends and pays for evaluation sessions and we have the resources (coaching staff, ice, budget, and level-matched league competitors) available to supply everything needed for all players who come for evaluations. We have separate evaluation sessions for both the fall and spring seasons. If a player does not attend and pay for the evaluation session as scheduled by the Club, there is no guarantee that a player will be allowed to join a team at a later time. That decision will be made based on a number of factors that may change season-by-season, and the evaluation fee still applies. While we are a no-cut program, that does not mean equal ice time in games for all players. High School hockey is of a level where some experience and certain skills are required. Coaches will determine the best fit for players, and players without experience or proper skating and self-protection skills may not be eligible to play in games. High School hockey is a contact sport.

Why do kids play for the FV Hawks? Also, tell me about the coaches.

Each player and their families probably have different reasons, but we have often heard that style of the teammates and the style of our coaches is more suited to the kids who come to play for the program, and they have more fun as a result. Many kids also enjoy going to school with other kids who are on their team. When kids have fun, they play hard and practice with energy, and coaches are successful at developing them even more. Our coaches have (on a combined basis) decades of high school playing and coaching experience. Each of their profiles is on our website under the Staff section and we encourage you to read those profiles and reach out to any of the coaches, if you so desire. We have received lots of great feedback from both parents and players regarding our coaches.

What is the cost and how often are the practices and games?

Evaluation fees and season fees are determined season-by-season. Ice cost represents the majority of the budgeted costs. Costs are ultimately decided by the numbers of players we have participating in the season, but our goal is to stay relatively in line with prior seasons, adjusted for changes in ice costs and player numbers. The teams typically practice twice per week and each team plays 30+ games per season in the fall as part of the ISHL Hayes-Suburban high school division and non-league tournaments. We played in the Rolling Meadows spring league in the spring of 2016. The cost for the fall season in 2015-2016 was $2800 and the spring 2016 season was $450. Goalie costs are up to 50% lower than skater fees.

How do I learn even more?

Go to our website and regularly check it out: www.foxvalleyhawkshockey.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our website also lists our policies that are important for every player and parent to understand. There are valuable links to learn more about hockey in Illinois and we also post regular announcements about upcoming season information.

If you are not a member of USA Hockey and are interested in playing hockey, we encourage you to join at the website below: http://www.usahockeyregistration.com/login_input.action